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Ridgecrest Elementary Center for Gifted Studies showcases best practices at national gifted conference

Dec. 16, 2016
Ridgecrest Gifted  
Ridgecrest’s gifted studies program was featured at the National Association for Gifted Children Conference, which gathers more than 2,500 educators, parents, researchers, administrators, policymakers and advocates worldwide. The NAGC Conference took place Nov. 2-6 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort.
Teachers and administrators from Ridgecrest’s Center for Gifted Studies represented Pinellas County Schools with seven presentations on topics including student-led action research, character education, creativity in the classroom, early childhood research strategies, keeping gifted strategies in the classroom during the age of school accountability, student enrichment, and creating a learning commons in the media center. Ridgecrest’s specific presentations were:

  • Student-Led Action Research for the Primary Grades: Growing Gifted Students into Inquisitive Researchers — Presenters: Michael Moss, Carmela Fowler, Katherine Martin and Jeanette Vega
  • Keeping Giftedness and Excitement in the Classroom During the Age of Accountability — Presenters: Kelly Austin and Jeanne Wellings
  • Character Education as an Effective Approach to Inspire Gifted Student Leadership, Self-Motivation, Service, and Community Awareness — Presenter: Michael Moss
  • Recapturing Lunch — Finding Time for Enrichment — Presenters: Katherine Martin and Carmela Fowler
  • Empowering Students to Grow as Civic and Global Minded Leaders Through Student-Led Action Research and Inquiry — Presenters: Carmela Fowler, Katherine Martin and Michael Moss
  • Create, Collaborate and Connect: ‘Make’ It Happen in Our Learning Commons — Presenter: Donna Hall
  • Supporting Families with Gifted Children in Rural Areas panel discussion — Panel Members from the Ridgecrest Center for Gifted Studies: Katherine Martin and Carmela Fowler